Current was launched in 2010 as a niche imprint for science books for general readers. Its mandate is to publish provocative, compelling books that explore the newest and most powerful ideas in a wide range of scientific fields, including genetics, astrophysics, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, and evolutionary biology.

Some of Current’s acclaimed bestsellers so far are The Sports Gene by David Epstein, Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff, and The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon.

Meet Current

Adrian Zackheim

Adrian Zackheim

Founder, President, and Publisher

Adrian Zackheim joined Penguin Group in September 2001 as Publisher of Portfolio. He then took on the additional challenges of starting Sentinel in April 2003 and Current in March 2010. Previously, he was the Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperInformation, a division of HarperCollins that included HarperBusiness. His editorial career has also included positions at William Morrow, Doubleday, and St. Martin’s Press, and his first job was as Phyllis Grann’s editorial assistant at Putnam.

Among the many bestselling books he edited and published before joining Penguin Group were Good to Great by Jim Collins; Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine; The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams; The HP Way by David Packard; and Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay. He also has a long track record of publishing books by important conservative leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich, and Bob Dole.

Will Weisser

Will Weisser

Vice President, Deputy Publisher, and Marketing Director

Will Weisser joined Portfolio as Marketing Director in 2002, before the imprint’s first book was published. In his current role as VP, Associate Publisher, and Marketing Director for Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current, he is deeply involved in all aspects of the publication process, from acquisition to packaging to budgeting. He also oversees the combined marketing and publicity department that serves all three imprints. He began his career as an intern at Simon & Schuster, and went on to various publicity and marketing positions at Pocket Books, Grove/Atlantic, Times Books, and Crown Business. Among the many prominent authors he worked with before joining Penguin Group were Larry Bossidy, Michael Hammer, Marlin Fitzwater, Juan Enriquez, and P.J. O’Rourke.

Niki Papadopoulos

Niki Papadopoulos

Executive Editor

Niki Papadopoulos joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011 as a Senior Editor. She edits a wide range of idea-driven nonfiction, narrative, biography, memoir, investigative journalism, and prescriptive books for readers of business, science, economics, and conservative politics. Her list of bestselling and critically acclaimed books includes The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack; The Death of Money by James Rickards; The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday; Hooked by Nir Eyal; Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton; Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff; America in Retreat by Bret Stephens; and An American Son by Senator Marco Rubio.


Bria Sandford


Bria Sandford joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2012. She primarily edits conservative political books but also enjoys working on leadership narratives and prescriptive career guides. Her notable books include New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, A More Perfect Union by Ben Carson, and Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, as well Jack Kemp by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes, and Our Lost Constitution by Senator Mike Lee.


Current Newsroom

March 17, 2015

The longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced this week and feature 8 authors and their books published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints, as follows: PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction: Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press) PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: How We Got to Now  by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) Arrival […]

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June 12, 2014

David Esptein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sport’s Gene, wrote a wonderful Op-Ed in the NYT on the perils of youth sports, noting how “heightened pressure on child athletes to be, essentially, adult athletes has fostered an epidemic of hyperspecialization that is both dangerous and counterproductive.” He’ll also be on NPR’s TED Hour on Friday, July 18.

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May 5, 2014

Current author David Epistein’s March TED talk, based on his New York Times bestselling books, The Sports Gene, released this week by Current in paperback, addresses this question: Are athletes really getting faster, better stronger? When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like human have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as Epstein […]

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